Criminal Attorney & Former Madison County Prosecutor Collinsville, Illinois
Types of Criminal Violations Collinsville, Illinois
In the Collinsville, IL area, people know that it’s us to call for all their legal needs in regards to criminal cases. In fact, they know that our experienced team possesses extensive legal resources, and we know what it takes to battle charges in long, drawn-out court battles. Additionally, we provide a service for a wide range of criminal charges, from drug charges and arson to assault, battery and more. Please review the types of cases that we can take on, below, and call our staff to schedule a free legal consultation to see if we can help you fight for your rights!
Misdemeanor Defense Collinsville, Illinois
At our office, we provide legal services for those that have been charged with misdemeanors. Misdemeanors are of the least severe charges that a person can be charged with, and they include things like assault, battery, domestic abuse and more. These types of charges have three distinct classifications – A, B, & C – and they’re punishable by up to 1 year in county jail and/or up to $2,500 in fines, depending on the classification.
Felony Defense Collinsville, Illinois
In addition to misdemeanor defense, we also provide legal assistance to those that have been charged with felony crimes. Felonies are much more serious than misdemeanors, and they come in five different classifications, based on severity, for crimes such as murder, manslaughter, assault with a deadly weapon and more. Punishments may include between 3 and 30 years in state prison and/or fines of up to $25,000.
Call Robert Elovitz if you’ve been charged
At our law office, we know how much stress and pressure this can put on you and your family. With that in mind, we’ll walk you through this entire process to ensure our case is organized and gives you the best chance at winning. Here are just a few of the reasons that people in this area choose our firm:
Steps in a Criminal Proceeding
Each case is different. However, in the State of Illinois, the general process is as follows.
- Investigation – Any criminal trial will start with an investigation into the matter at hand. Persons of interest and suspects will be identified.
- Arrest – If law enforcement agents believe that there is enough evidence, they may make an arrest of one or more persons involved in the crime. They must have probable cause against those that they believe committed the crime to make an arrest.
- Bond/Bail Hearings – Once there are sufficient grounds to file charges, the accused will attend a bond hearing, where it will be determined whether or not they can be released on bond pending charges. The prosecution may make arguments as to why the accused should not be released.
- Preliminary Hearing/Grand Jury Hearing – In the case of a felony charge, the accused will be charged through a preliminary hearing or grand jury hearing. In a preliminary hearing, a judge decides whether or not there is enough evidence to bring charges. In a grand jury hearing, it’s decided by a jury of 16 people.
- Arraignment – This is where the accused is informed of the formal charges that are being brought against them.
- Trial – This is a multi-faceted phase that includes reviewing the evidence against the accused, preparing for trial, making plea bargains and, finally, going to trial. If a plea bargain is reached, the accused may receive a lesser sentence in exchange for entering a certain plea, usually a guilty plea.
- Verdict – Once the trial is complete, the judge or jury will issue a verdict of guilty or not guilty of the charges filed.
- Sentencing – If the Verdict is guilty, the judge will issue a sentence based on the law and precedence in the case.
- Appeals – Any convicted person has the right to appeal their case. However, the success of that appeal is dependent on evidence and errors made by the prosecution.
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